Archive for April 9th, 2020

EU Finance Ministers Reach $590 Billion Coronavirus Rescue Deal | | April 09 2020, 9:00 PM

The key feature a bailout fund that would make about $261 billion available for indebted countries. The funds must be used for health care, cure and prevention costs associated with COVID-19.

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Unemployment And Flattening The Curve | | April 09 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll answer your questions on the latest unemployment numbers, efforts to flatten the curve and the number of COVID-19 cases.

In Reversal, Federal Support For Coronavirus Testing Sites Continues

US & World | | April 09 2020, 6:20 PM

The Trump administration had planned to end federal support for 41 COVID-19 testing sites around the country. But after complaints from local officials the government will continue funding.

Number Of Patients At Overflow Hospitals In New York Has Doubled

Health | | April 09 2020, 6:00 PM

The number of patients being treated on a Navy hospital ship and inside a convention center has more than doubled in the last two days, after both facilities switched to treating people with COVID-19.

With Warship Coronavirus Cases Rising, Concerns Over Military Readiness | | April 09 2020, 5:40 PM

Three of the U.S. Navy's 11 aircraft carriers are reported to have sailors infected with the coronavirus. The Pentagon says readiness has not been affected, but more outbreaks are expected.

Alumni In China Lead Effort To Procure PPE For Medical Workers In New York | | April 09 2020, 5:00 PM

Spurred by the concerns of members in China, Columbia University's medical school alumni association raised more than $1 million to buy desperately needed masks and other gear.

FEMA Predicted Pandemic Effects In July 2019

Politics | | April 09 2020, 3:40 PM

In a report, the agency said a nationwide pandemic would result in a shortage of medical supplies, hospitals would be overwhelmed and the economy would shut down.

Advocates: Inmates Released Early Due To Pandemic Need Help To Safely Shelter

US & World | | April 09 2020, 3:40 PM

In California, former inmates released early to help reduce coronavirus risks behind bars lack support when they get out, say advocates, who want better, organized help to address the crisis.

Nearing Anniversary Of Devastating Fire, Notre Dame To Host A Good Friday Service

US & World | | April 09 2020, 3:40 PM

April 15 will mark the first anniversary of the fire that ripped through the cathedral. The Paris archbishop says he wants to send a "message of hope" through a small Good Friday service.

NYC Could Need Up To 45,000 Additional Medical Workers This Month, Mayor Says

US & World | | April 09 2020, 2:00 PM

In what he calls a "worst-case" scenario, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city will be unable to meet the demand for medical workers without help from the federal government.

NYC Mayor And NY Governor Say Social Distancing Is Working, Warn Not To Let Up

US & World | | April 09 2020, 1:00 PM

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo both point to signs of good news in the coronavirus data, but say that restrictions on nonessential workers and businesses must continue.

World Bank: Coronavirus Is Pushing Sub-Saharan Africa To First Recession In 25 Years | | April 09 2020, 12:40 PM

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the world's fastest-growing economies. But the World Bank projects its economies could pull back as much as 5.1% this year, driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

After Reverse On Hydroxychloroquine Export Ban, India Says 'Only Meeting The Demand'

US & World | | April 09 2020, 12:40 PM

After President Trump complained, India reversed its export ban on the anti-malaria drug, which Trump has touted as a coronavirus treatment. There's no clinical evidence it works against COVID-19.

Should You Shave Your 'Quarantine Beard'?

Health | | April 09 2020, 12:20 PM

An infectious disease specialist says there's no evidence that people with facial hair carry a higher risk of infection or transmission of the coronavirus, as long as they practice diligent hygiene.

'This Is Not Humanity's First Plague,' Pope Francis Says Of Coronavirus | | April 09 2020, 11:00 AM

The pope says the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing hypocrisy and misplaced priorities in the modern world, as he calls on people to remember their shared humanity.

Fauci Says U.S. Coronavirus Deaths May Be 'More Like 60,000'; Antibody Tests On Way

US & World | | April 09 2020, 10:20 AM

The predicted death toll has fallen, Dr. Anthony Fauci says, because of Americans' embrace of physical separation and other restrictions.

'Zoombombing' City Hall: Online Harassment Surges As Public Meetings Go Virtual | | April 09 2020, 10:20 AM

Racist and pornographic attacks on video conferences are a problem for anyone holding online meetings, but especially for governments and organizations that must make their meetings public.

Senate Democrats Block GOP Effort To Boost Small-Business Aid

Politics | | April 09 2020, 10:20 AM

Democrats want to funnel the extra funding through community-based financial institutions, which they say help businesses owned by minorities, veterans and rural Americans across the country.

'She'll Fit Right In': Combative TV Pundit's Meteoric Rise To Trump White House

Politics | | April 09 2020, 9:40 AM

The White House's new chief spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany has a flair for confrontational and sometimes untrue assertions on cable news — much like her boss, the president.

Mission Critical To Save The Economy: Fed Goes Even Bigger With Massive Loan Help | | April 09 2020, 8:40 AM

In its latest salvo, the Federal Reserve announced $2.3 trillion in new lending programs in an effort to keep businesses and local governments afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia Tops 10,000 Coronavirus Cases, With Moscow At The Epicenter

US & World | | April 09 2020, 5:00 AM

Officials said Thursday that the country had nearly 1,500 new cases in a single day, with 13 new deaths from COVID-19. The news came as the Kremlin extended a national "non-working week."

Small-Town Hospitals Are Closing Just As Coronavirus Arrives In Rural America

US & World | | April 09 2020, 4:00 AM

Small-town hospitals were already closing at an alarming rate before COVID-19, but now the trend appears to be accelerating just as the disease arrives in rural America.

IRS Budget Cuts And Staffing Challenges Create Coronavirus Payment Headaches

Politics | | April 09 2020, 4:00 AM

Over the past 10 years the IRS budget has been reduced by roughly 20%, leaving the agency with aging technology and forcing it to cut back on staff and training.

Inmates In Washington State Protest After Fellow Prisoners Test Positive For COVID-19

US & World | | April 09 2020, 3:40 AM

More than 100 prisoners at Monroe Correctional Complex's minimum-security unit set off fire extinguishers in protest after six fellow inmates were diagnosed with COVID-19 in recent days.

California Child Care Providers Can Prioritize Essential Workers | | April 09 2020, 5:17 AM

California is expanding its subsidized child care program to include more children of essential workers who can't work remotely.

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How Are You Negotiating Child Custody During COVID-19?

| April 09 2020, 9:15 AM

With stay-at-home orders in place, children of divorce can be put in difficult situations.

Are You Exhausted By Zoom Meetings? An Expert Explains Why That Could Be

| April 09 2020, 9:13 AM

Zoom, a video conferencing software, has become wildly popular thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic. It allows you to connect with tons of people through video at the click of a link, so many companies are using it for their staff meetings throughout the day. But it can get exhausting.

Anxiety, Loneliness, Phone Use: How American Teens Are Experiencing COVID-19

| April 09 2020, 9:11 AM

With school disrupted for so many American teenagers due to COVID-19, it’s not surprising teens are turning to technology in a time of increased anxiety.

Are COVID-19 Mortality Rates Really What They Seem?

| April 09 2020, 9:08 AM

Quantifying mortality rates is more difficult than it seems. A recent Wall Street Journal article explains that the numbers often only tell part of the story because only a certain number of people who die from COVID-19 actually make it into the hospital or get tested. The piece explains that the fatality rate is likely much higher than reported and policy makers should be careful when making decisions based on these numbers.

COVID-19: LA County Death Rate Rises, Cases Worldwide Grow

| April 09 2020, 9:02 AM

On Wednesday afternoon, L.A. County reported 620 new cases and 29 new deaths, marking a rise in the mortality rate to 2.6%. There have now been more than 7,500 total confirmed cases here.

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